Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Space Basket

After we retired our Hawaii basket, we replaced it with all sorts of fun things about space. The space basket was quite popular with the girls, so I kept it around longer than I planned. I also discovered a very helpful side benefit to these theme baskets. It's very easy to just grab it and go when I needed entertainment for the girls while we were waiting around for things like oil changes. We had a very pleasant waiting room time thanks to the space basket!

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I scoured some of my favorite blogs for fun stuff to put in the basket. Here's what I came up with: space flashcards from the Target dollar aisle held together with a binder ring, planet/not planet sorting game from the Solar System preschool pack at 1+1+1=1, and rocket size sorting from the Astronaut preschool pack at 1+1+1=1. I also made some simple counting cards. I wrote the numbers 1-10 on index cards and paired them with a pile of stars. The girls would take a card and count out the correct number of stars. As always, I included a file folder with several space-themed coloring pages (not pictured). And finally, for fun, we added our 4th of July headbands after determining that they looked like alien headbands.

I found so many great space books at our library, but finally narrowed it down to these five:
Floating Home by David Getz
The Planets by Gail Gibbons
The Magic School Bus Lost In The Solar System by Joanna Cole
If I Were an Alien by Vivan French(this was a favorite)
Shooting Stars by Franklyn M. Branley (which unfortunately appears to be out of print)

When it's time to pack away the contents of our theme baskets, we usually have a day devoted to it's contents. This time, we decided to celebrate with Galaxy play dough! Now we're working on putting together a butterfly basket - should be fun!

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